Easter aperture card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 31 Mar, 2017

The warmer days and longer evenings calls for a crafty celebration, and with Easter just around the corner we have the perfect project! Create a bright and bold card for your loved ones… after all , Easter is the time to celebrate new life with the arrival of spring. Stamp onto the adorable egg mini die, and put your embossing skills to the test to make this card really stand out!

1. Trim a card blank to measure 20.5 x 10cm, with the fold at the top. Cut an Xcut Xtras Adhesive Cork Sheet to the same size and stick on the front. Use a pair of scissors to ensure that the cork doesn’t rip. Cut a piece of white cardstock to 20 x 9.5cm and draw three rectangles on the back, each measuring 4.5 x 6cm. Make sure that these are all evenly spaced apart. Cut out each aperture with a metal ruler and a craft knife.

2. Cover this panel with an adhesive fabric sheet. Trim around the edge with a pair of scissors or a paper trimmer to remove any excess fabric, and turn over to the reverse. Remove the apertures through the cardstock gaps with a craft knife and metal ruler.

3. Choose three colours of cardstock; copy ours or opt for something to suit your recipients. Die cut an egg from each colour, using the large egg nesting dies. Pick a variety of flowers from the Creativity Essentials Folk Floral stamp set and select one large flower for each egg. Place on an acrylic stamp block and print onto the eggs with a white pigment ink pad.

4. Sprinkle seafoam white embossing powder over each flower and shake any excess powder back into the pot. Set with a heat tool until all the powder has melted. Keep stamping and heat embossing until each egg is covered, filling in gaps with smaller florals.

5. Attach the fabric-covered aperture panel to the card blank, using 3D foam tape to create dimension. Secure each of the eggs inside the apertures with a combination of foam tape and pads. Ensure that each egg is central within its aperture before securing.

6. Cut the ‘Happy Easter’ greeting using the art deco alphabet dies and complementary blue cardstock. You’ll need to run the die through the Xpress machine a few times to ensure you have all the alphas that you require, as some letters are repeated. Hold onto any die-cuts you don’t use for future projects! Secure the greeting to the top of the aperture panel using a Sailor 2 In 1 Glue Pen, leaving the glue to start to set a little before applying them. To ensure your spacing is even, start in the middle and work your way out.

Project, photography and how-to instructions by Amy Wilks. Project originally published in the February issue (79) of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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